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Sunday, Nov 10 2013 06:13 PM

ROBERT GAUTNEY: Three local pros earn prize money

BY ROBERT GAUTNEY, Contributing golf columnist gautney@att.com

While Jason Gore stole the spotlight with his win in the Oakley Southern California Open, a trio of local pros were having mixed results in the tournament.

Gore parlayed rounds of 63-72-68 for a 9-under-par 203 total in the 54-hole event for a $12,000 payday, but local pros Stephen Hale and Ruffie Fessler also earned prize money too.

Hale, the Garces High and Cal product, shot a pair of 68s and sat equal fourth heading into the final but a 75 left him at 1-under-par 211 for a $1,140 payday for his equal 16th place finish.

Fessler, who played at Liberty High, BC and Fresno State and who has advanced to the Second Stage of PGA Qualifying at the end of this month, was equal 36th at 3-over-par 215 and earned $360.

Another local pro, Matt Picanso, was plus-7 for 36 holes and missed the cut by four shots. Picanso however, will join Fessler at the PGA Tour Second Stage Qualifying.

Three local amateurs miss cut in Cal Senior Amateur

Local senior amateurs Kent Richardson, Jim Seymour and Dave Westerfeld did not make the cut in the 22nd California Golf Association Amateur Championship at San Gabriel CC this week.

The 36-hole cut came at 154 and Seymour was the closest at 161. He finished 73rd. Westerfeld finished 77th  and Richardson was T-93 in the 103 player field.

The winner was Jim Knoll from Sunnyvale who was the only player to finish under-par at 1-under 212. Gary Vanier from Pleasant Hill, Casey Boyns from Monterey and Jeff Burda from Modesto were 2-4 and all are former winners of the event.

Cal Poly Invitational

Eight players with local high school ties competed in the Lampkin Grip/Cal Poly Invitational last week played on the Cypress Ridge GC in Arroyo Grande.

Leading the way for the local girls was Meghan Shain (Frontier) who finished 7th on rounds of 75-74 to help her Santa Clara University team to a fourth-place finish. Host Cal Poly won.

CSUB’s Malea Miller (Frontier) was next with a 154 total good for a T-13 finish. Other CSUB players included Jordanne Barr (Frontier) who finished T-25 and Micah Lopez (East), Chandler Bullman (Frontier), Michelle Martel (Frontier) and Tarah Steinbach (Tehachapi). CSUB finished 10th.

Abby Marina (Stockdale) helped her Sonoma State University teammates to a 7th place finish as she placed 21st.

427-yard blast wins ReMax World Long Drive

Using an elevated platform specially built on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Orlando resident Tim Burke won the 2013 ReMax World Long Driving Championship with a blast of 427 yards in the mano-a-mano finals against Joe Miller from England.

Burke walked away with the $250,000 winner’s prize and improved on his runner-up finish from 2012. Miller was the 2010 champion.

NBA Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry won the Masters Division (65+) at 334 yards, Heather LeMaster  at 306 yards  won the Ladies Division, Bobby Wilson was the Grand Champions Division (55+) winner at 365 yards and Pat Dempsey won the Super Seniors Division (50+) at 359 yards.

Miguel Jaime was the Legends Division (60+) winner at 340 yards and the Senior Di (45+) was Stephen Kennedy at 369 yards.

Dempsey and Wilson are past World Long Driving champions.

Huser lone BC player to advance

BC’s Kendall Huser finished as the runner-up in the Western State Conference women’s golf championship played at the Alisal River GC this week in Solvang.

Huser shot 78-80 and was one of the individual players to advance to the So Cal Championships Sunday and Monday, back at the Alisal River GC. Huser would need to finish 12th or better to advance to the state tournament.

Santa Barbara City College won the team title and Fanny Johonsson was the medalist with 149 total. BC did not field a team in the tournament as it had only four players.

Park leads local high school girls

Stockdale junior Jessica Park shot a 6-over-par 78 in the Central Section Individual championship to lead a group of six local girls who advanced to the CIF Southern Cal Regional in Murrieta on Nov.14.

Others whose season did not end were Amy Cooper from Centennial who shot 81, Lexi Keene from Stockdale, Mallory Wells from Liberty and Julia Stewart from Bakersfield Christian who all shot 82s and Highland’s Vanessa Watkins who carded an 83.

Veterans ride for free on Monday at Foss-Kern River

The Foss-Kern River GC is extending a free golf cart rental (with greens fees purchase) on Veteran’s Day to any active or retired Military personnel with ID. You can make a tee time at 661-872-5128.

Chip shots

 Loyd Ussery used a 9-iron to ace the 135-yard 15th hole at The Links at RiverLakes Ranch on October 31.

Players that finished in the top 10 of the final point standings for the Michelob Ultra/Sports Authority Player of the Year series can pick up their gift cards if they have not already done so. The top 10 were:  Blake McPherson, Ron Killmer, Neil Bautista, Manav Shah, Tony Denesha, Ryan Roodzant, D.J. Fernando, Jeremy Choi, Jack Mulroy and Dan Hogan.

The SCGA 4-Ball Championship will be Nov.11-12 at the Mission Viejo CC and our area will be represented by two local teams: Ron Killmer/Nick Vallejo and Blake McPherson/Travis Millwee. Check out this column next week to see their results.

Updated information (stats, etc.) on local players that are now competing in professional and college golf is always encouraged by Tee to Green as are golf related stories and information you believe that the readers would want to know about. Send the info to the email address listed below and don’t forget about those holes-in-one! And thanks in advance!

Tee to Green appears weekly at Bakersfield.com/sports. You can reach Gautney at gautney@att.net

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